A blog on Attukal Pongala now featuring Attukal Pongala 2016
More than three million women gather here to offer pongala to Attukal Amma the Hindu goddess making it the largest gathering of women on earth. News reports, photos and videos of Attukal Pongala.
The goddess, Attukal Amma arrives at the Sastha temple along with her cavalry, the kuthiyottams. She pays tribute to her brother the Dharmasastha of Manacaud and returns to temple. The kuthiyottam that arrive along with the procession rest the whole night around the Sastha Temple, Manacaud.
The fumes from the pongala stoves (aduppu) and the devotion to goddess has made the city of Thiruvananthapuram to a yagasala. The massive ritual that evokes a sense of unity, eternal feelings love and care has made the urban habitat to a village that thrives in its pristine values of goodness and hospitatlity.
Come morning, it breaks out with the rays of sublime happiness. You will never feel the lethargy of the sleepless night, with a bath in the morning you would attain an irresistable energy, that withstands even the hottest sun. Its Attukal pongala day, and there is happiness and smiles everywhere. You are in your best, the pongala saree and you are a woman altogether, who is prepared to cook for the entire universe. Attukal pongala demands that divine will, or you will gather it when you are one among a million women. Now its time for preparation of your stove (aduppu), cleaning rice, grating coconut and grinding jaggery. And the long wait to light the aduppu....